Region 6 News Release: 10-861-DAL (354)
June 23, 2010
Contact: Elizabeth Todd
US Labor Department's OSHA and Association of Energy Service Cos. renew
alliance to promote safety and health in the oil and gas well industry
DALLAS - Enhanced workplace safety for oil and gas well workers is the goal of an alliance renewal signed today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Association of Energy Service Cos.
"We welcome this opportunity to join with the AESC in emphasizing employer awareness of hazardous working conditions in the oil and gas well industry," said William Burke, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Dallas. "The joint resources of this continuing relationship will help make this industry as safe and healthy as possible."
AESC, along with its member companies, will work closely with OSHA to enhance and build upon existing training and educational goals, outreach and communication goals, and workplace health, safety and environmental goals.
Established in 1956, the AESC originally represented oil well servicing contractors. In 1996 the association became known as the Association of Energy Service Cos. to reflect an increase in energy industry service providers and members. Association members now include field crews, engineers, manufacturers, and oil and gas producers and operators. OSHA and the AESC first signed a national alliance on March 30, 2005.
Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with groups committed to safety and health, including businesses, trade and professional organizations, unions and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to develop compliance assistance tools and resources, and share information with employers and employees to help prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
Employers and employees with questions about this or other OSHA alliances or partnerships may call the agency's Dallas Regional Office at 972-850-4145 or its Dallas Area Office at 214-320-2400. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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